Supporting our people to make the exceptional happen

Our people

We believe that we are capable of making exceptional things happen. To achieve this we have to attract, develop and retain outstanding individuals from all around the globe. We know that in order to achieve our aims more effectively our community must be diverse and representative. We must work together as one group, unified by our shared values. Promoting the wellbeing of all is also crucial. We are committed to supporting both our students and colleagues in order that they may realise their full potential. If we wish to make the exceptional happen we must bring together all of our collective talents and energy within a positive environment.

We will achieve this by:

  • Creating a broad international environment of students and colleagues that allows and encourages the sharing and creation of brilliant ideas;
  • Encouraging continuous improvement which gives students and colleagues the ability to realise opportunities, forge ahead with change and make the exceptional happen;
  • Providing the facilities, spaces and resources to create the best educational experience for our students and work environment for our colleagues;
  • Recognising the importance of wellbeing, and promoting the talents of our people. We already have over 250 thriving student societies and sports clubs, plus an active programme of activities for staff across our campuses;
  • Enabling all of our colleagues to flourish by creating opportunities for career development. This will be done through externally accredited programmes and a range of internal learning opportunities, such as those championed by the Exeter Academic programme;
  • Developing our senior team as Global Leaders of the future;
  • Continuing to create a culture which promotes equal opportunities and values diversity, so that everyone can achieve their potential;
  • Embedding a positive, supportive culture at the heart of our environment, which changes with the times and helps us to provide the right services for colleagues and students.

We’ll know if we’ve succeeded by:

  • Achieving more Athena SWAN awards and equality charter marks across all applicable departments, and progression towards at least one gold award;
  • Increasingly positive feedback from colleagues, which will be monitored through the employee engagement survey;
  • Ranking in the top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction and a higher than average score within the Russell Group for postgraduates’ taught and research experience.

Supporting strategies